Erdogan visits North Cyprus, requires two-state resolution for island

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan referred to as for an equal “two-state” resolution in Cyprus throughout a go to on Sunday to the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of the island, drawing a rebuke from the internationally recognised authorities within the south.
Erdogan additionally stated Turkey and Northern Cyprus would now not tolerate what he referred to as “diplomacy video games” in a world dispute over rights to offshore assets within the Japanese Mediterranean.
Cyprus has been cut up alongside ethnic traces since a Turkish invasion in 1974 triggered by a short Greek-inspired coup. Solely Ankara recognises Northern Cyprus as an unbiased state and it has no diplomatic relations with the federal government of Cyprus, which is a member of the European Union.
“Our precedence is to make sure a good, lasting and sustainable resolution” in Cyprus that ensures Turkish Cypriots have safety and authorized rights, Erdogan advised an viewers after his arrival.
“A two-state resolution have to be negotiated on the idea of sovereign equality,” he added.
United Nations-mediated peace talks on Cyprus broke down in 2017.
Erdogan was visiting Northern Cyprus after Ersin Tatar, who additionally helps a two-state resolution, gained final month’s presidential election. Tatar’s predecessor had backed reunification of the island.
Cyprus referred to as Erdogan’s go to “provocative and unlawful”.
“Ankara has completely no respect for worldwide regulation, European ideas and values, and its obligations in direction of the EU,” the Cypriot presidency stated in an announcement.
Erdogan later visited Varosha, a seaside city that has been fenced-off and deserted in no-man’s land since 1974.
Ankara backed the partial re-opening of Varosha simply earlier than final month’s election in a transfer criticised by america, Greece and Greek Cypriots.
Turkey has more and more flexed its navy muscle within the area, together with by backing Azerbaijan in its renewed battle with Armenia over the previous few weeks.
Erdogan alluded to Turkey’s dispute with EU members Greece and Cyprus and with different neighbours over territorial waters within the jap Mediterranean.
The EU has threatened to impose sanctions on Turkey subsequent month over unlawful exploration at sea.
“Neither we nor Northern Cyprus can tolerate diplomacy video games (within the area) anymore,” Erdogan stated.
He added that Tatar would quickly go to Azerbaijan – which doesn’t recognise Northern Cyprus – to “make the scenario higher”, with out elaborating.
Tatar backed Erdogan’s requires a two-state resolution and offshore rights.

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